Mike Lazardis is a Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, best known for being the CEO of BlackBerry (formerly knows as Research in Motion, or RIM). Lazaridis was born in Turkey on March 14th, 1961, to Greek parents. He immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of five, and made Windsor, Ontario home. He was fascinated by science from a very young age, and in high school took not only science courses, but also shop courses, fueling his creative innovation.
After high school, Lazardis enrolled at the University of Windsor to study electrical engineering and computer science. He never completed his undergraduate degree, however, instead deciding to drop out in his last year to follow a tow truck like pull to devote more time to his business venture, which was Research in Motion.